My friend and I are going to Ireland this month and are looking for some advise. We fly in and out of Dublin coming from Las Vegas. We arrive Oct 27th in the morning and leave Nov 1st in the morning. It's not much time, so we're hoping to maximize how much we get to see and do. We are considering renting a car for 2 or 3 days and leaving Dublin to explore Ireland a bit. I'm thinking spend the 27th & 28th in Dublin, then rent the car on the 29th and return to Dublin the 31st.
My questions are, if we rented a car on the morning of the 29th and returned it early evening the 31st, how far could we go and how much could we see? We are both Photographers and are looking for some great places to take pictures... Castles, Rolling hills, Beautiful cliffs.. etc. We would also like to take in some local culture as well and enjoy a pint in some great pubs.
With this kind of a schedule where would you guys suggest we go to get the best out of our short trip? Also, would you suggest any different itinerary for us to go by knowing our travel restrictions? How about in and around Dublin? is 2 days enough or too much?
Also, I know it gets dark a early at the end of October, but what about the weather and rain? should we expect to have any issues driving the countryside during Octobers normal weather?